Masks are no longer required on the floor of the house for fully vaccinated persons after the attending physician’s office published updated guidelines on Friday.
Fox News is told that the decline in transmission of communities and the increase in vaccination rate triggered this decision.
The overall vaccination rate for the Capitol complex is 85%, higher than for the public, Fox said. Members who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask.
Members also no longer vote in groups, and each vote lasts only 20 minutes.
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Republicans had previously staged protests over the continued need for masks, despite an amendment to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guide on May 1
Four GOP members were fined $ 500 for refusing to wear a mask on the floor. Seven other Republican colleagues received warnings: Rep. Lauren Boebert from Colorado, Thomas Massie from Kentucky, Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia, Chip Roy from Texas, Bob Good from Virginia, Mary Miller from Illinois and Louie Gohmert from Texas. House President Nancy Pelosi said the next fine could be $ 2,500.
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Meanwhile, GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, wrote a decision to demand that Parliament comply with the CDC guidelines and allow Members to be unmasked on the floor and in committee hearings. The GOP-backed effort says the house’s “mask mandate sends the erroneous messages that the vaccines’ effectiveness cannot be trusted.”
Meanwhile, there was never a mask rule in the Senate chamber.
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Monahan had stood by the House floor mask mandate as fully complying with the CDC guidelines and “approved by an expert CDC panel,” Monahan wrote in a statement at the time. The house’s chamber mask requirements remain unchanged “until all members and floor staff are fully vaccinated,” he said.